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Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Family  |  9 August 1985 (USA)
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When eccentric man-child Pee-Wee Herman gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight, he sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pee-wee Herman (as Pee-wee Herman)
Irving Hellman ...
Monte Landis ...
Damon Martin ...
Chip (as Damon Landis)
Gregory Brown ...
Mark Everett ...
Chuck (as Daryl Roach)
Bill Cable ...
Policeman #1
Policeman #2


The cartoonish and childish character Pee Wee Herman goes on a big adventure for the first time ever when his beloved shiny new bicycle is stolen by his nemesis Francis Buxton, a fellow man-child and neighborhood rich "kid." And he sets off on an obsessive cross-country journey, determined to recover it. Pee-wee's awkward and childish attempts to be cool and mature. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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You will believe a man can ride a bike. See more »


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Release Date:

9 August 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Grande Aventura de Pee Wee  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)


$40,900,000 (USA)

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1.37 : 1
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One of the better pure comedies.
15 May 2003 | by (Seattle) – See all my reviews

My favorite Burton film, the only one under his direction I've seen where there is no heavy handed attempt to create a mood or an effect. In fact this is as straight a comedy as the Marx Brothers created in their films, totally without seriousness and with no opportunity to just do something funny passed by. Ruebens was inspired, well supported by cast, pacing and minimal props. His Pee Wee appears as a genuine person which gives the comedy enough bite to stick. This is a vastly underrated movie in my opinion and worth the consideration of anyone who likes to laugh.

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